Augusta audit fails again; discussion focuses on Mayor’s Office
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Rather than the far reaching audit suggested above, try following the Columbia County model. Three departments are audited every month, so theoretically there’s a continuous audit of county government as opposed to the one time event being pitched to the Richmond County Commission.
The commissioner’s can not say that wouldn’t work. Columbia County appears to operate more effectively than Richmond County.
Dennis Williams the mayor is the taxpayers business as well as the commissioners!
For Dennis Williams to state that the “ Office of the Mayor is none of our business” tells you a lot about Mr. Williams!There should be a full audit of everything if nothing more for transparency.I am thankful for commissioners Clarke and McKnight as they are doing their jobs for the people.We are all sick and tired of the shenanigans of this Commission.It is high time that we hold those who break the law accountable for their crimes.
IS IT TIME FOR AUGUSTA TAXPAYERS TO FILE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE MAYOR?:
Yes, You Can Sue a City for Negligence:
In most states, you cannot simply file a lawsuit in court against the government. Instead, you need to provide a “Notice of Claim” to the government. If you do not follow notice of claim guidelines, your lawsuit will be dismissed by the court. You must ensure that the Notice of Claim complies with laws of the applicable jurisdiction.These disputes typically involve alleged actions or activities that harm a large number of individuals or entities through the same underlying means (for example, by designing a defective product, by overcharging customers and consumers through price-fi xing, or by making a false statement that affects the price of a security). Cases involving discrete actions that affect different individuals in different ways are generally less suitable for class treatment. But in the absence of an express statutory or contractual prohibition, class actions are available for any private right of action. Some state and federal statutes and common law doctrines nevertheless limit certain disputes from being litigated on a class basis or restrict the type of individuals or entities.
How about going to the sheriff and swearing out a criminal warrant against Davis for violating O.C.G.A. 16-8-3. Theft by deception?
There are at least two key positions that need to be filled, the Mayor and the Administrator, anyone wanting these positions should definitely want to know what is really going on before they are stuck with any blame for mismanagement or malpractice. “That was before my time” will probably not work as a defense.
$259,000 to maintain Pendleton King Park should tell you something. I think an audit is way overdue.
How many millions of dollars is budgeted for each commissioner to spend in the upcoming budget? Yes. An audit can – and should – be accomplished. I have not seen any policies put forward that will stop the current practices that lead to the improprieties. Thinking ahead, what does anyone think will change when the ethics violations by the mayor are tried; and, the Sammy Sias information is exposed in a court of law? These are areas that the commission should have pounced on immediately. And, add the salary paid to Sias as a waste of taxpayer money.
The people of Richmond County have ZERO FAITH in the veracity of anything coming from their government. The restoration of that faith is worth every penny spent.
“The Mayor’s Office is none of our business.”? That statement exemplifies severely impaired cognition and poverty of thought.
Evidently Commissioner Williams has never taken Political Science 101, because he would never have uttered such an absurd comment. And just think taxpayers, the commissioners and the mayor are waiting to receive a million apiece to spend at their discretion. Can not wait to see what graft and greed happens.
I do not understand the resistance to this process. They don’t seem to have any issues with spending our tax dollars on countless studies that are never acted upon or voting for other ways to waste our money. How many hands are in the pot?
Someone should contact the GBI and file a complaint…
As a loyal reader, I would really appreciate The Augusta Press printing the names of each Commissioner and how they voted, not just on this issue, but on all issues that effect us taxpayers. I need to know who to contact on the commission to express my outrage at their efforts to hide the the truth, the lack of transparency and their prolific and wasteful spending. For example: how exactly are the Storm Water taxes budgeted and spent?
Raise your hand if you are surprised…..
Just a thought, but a local government that can’t balance their checkbook without shutting down is probably a local government that NEEDS to be shut down to balance the checkbook.
Why don’t we have this on the next ballot? Let the Richmond County Taxpayers decide? As a taxpayer of Richmond County, I would vote for this. It is time these Commissioners (who are put in office to work for us) are held accountable for their actions. If Mr. Williams is on the ballot in my District, he will not get my vote.
Well now that all the laundry is being aired there is no reason to protect this so called preacher. Find out who your commissioner is and start making phone calls. It is ridiculous that an audit hasn’t happened. Why isn’t the GBI investigating the misuse of a charity?
THIS SMELLS!! What in the world is Mayor Davis doing in Quatar on taxpayer salary?? Folks who feel the need to say “NO” to an audit are in hiding! Our “leaders” are running amuck with no concern with the taxpayers’ opinions! SUSPICIOUS! Agree that this need GBI/State intervention.